Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

(Revelation 1:1-4.2:1-5; Luke 18:35-43)

Contrast the lethargy felt in the first reading today to the vibrancy seen in the gospel.  The Book of Revelation tells of the church at Ephesus waning in love for Christ.  After accepting him a generation before, its people have evidently grown tired of waiting for his return.  Their apostolic origin enables them to eschew false doctrine, but they have stopped doing much good.

On the other hand, the blind man in the gospel hesitates not a moment to follow Jesus.  The Lord has restored his sight.  He now sees Jesus with his eyes.  More importantly, he recognizes him as the Messiah with faith.  He willingly follows Jesus to Jerusalem where he may be called to testify to him in face of danger.

As we come to the end of the liturgical year and -- soon enough -- the calendar year, we might check ourselves. We want to hold fast to the faith in an increasingly secular time.  Let us not doubt Christ’s presence to us in Spirit and his eventual return before all in glory.  Nor let us desist doing what his presence urges – to be kind and helpful to those in need.